colossal

[ kuh-los-uh l ]
/ kəˈlɒs əl /

adjective

extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.
of or resembling a colossus.
(initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to a classical order whose columns or pilasters span two or more stories of a building.

Nearby words

  1. coloscope,
  2. coloscopic,
  3. coloscopy,
  4. colosigmoidostomy,
  5. colossae,
  6. colosseum,
  7. colossian,
  8. colossians,
  9. colossus,
  10. colossus of rhodes

Origin of colossal

First recorded in 1705–15; coloss(us) + -al1

Related formscol·os·sal·i·ty [kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/, nounco·los·sal·ly, adverbsu·per·co·los·sal, adjectivesu·per·co·los·sal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for colossal

colossal

/ (kəˈlɒsəl) /

adjective

of immense size; huge; gigantic
(in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-sizeCompare heroic (def. 7)
Also: giant architect of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade
Derived Formscolossally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for colossal

colossal

adj.

1712 (colossic in the same sense is recorded from c.1600), from French colossal, from colosse, from Latin colossus, from Greek kolossos (see colossus).

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